ACED members' expertise informs federal report on episodic disabilities

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ACED project director Dr. Monique Gignac of the Institute for Work & Health, as well as ACED partner members Julie Kelndorfer of MS Society of Canada and Tammy Yates of Realize, were among those who provided expert testimony in late 2018 to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) as part of HUMA's exploration of the needs of people with episodic disabilities. Based on their and others' testimony, the standing committee made 11 recommendations in a March 2019 report entitled Taking Action: Improving the Lives of Canadians Living with Episodic Disabilities.

This report was warmly received by The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, the federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. She wrote the government’s response in July 2019 when she was the Minister of Public Services and Procurement and of Accessibility. These recommendations will help inform future government policy and programs as we work to support the economic and social inclusion of persons with disabilities, including episodic disabilities, she said in her response.